Our labs were developed to support clinical skills development in nursing and midwifery, but they’ve got great potential for all kinds of learning. They can be adapted for use in speech pathology, pathophysiology, pharmacy, genetic counselling and physiotherapy – which means that the possibilities for your professional growth are endless.
Nursing and midwifery labs
Our faculty is home to 16 clinical practice labs that have been set up to mimic real hospital environments. Briefing areas (where you’ll start and finish the class) open onto clinical spaces furnished with patient beds and a wide variety of medical equipment, including:
- wall-mounted oxygen and suction outlets
- intravenous (IV) infusion and cannula therapy equipment
- heart rhythm (ECG) simulators
- advanced nursing care equipment, including tracheostomy tools
- automatic external defibrillators
- vital signs, wound management and manual handling tools
- audiovisual and text resources.
Specialist learning labs
Some of our labs have been developed to support highly specialised clinical scenarios, including our one-of-a-kind perioperative lab that comes complete with surgical tools and equipment and an anaesthetised manikin ‘patient’.
Five of the labs are high-fidelity simulation spaces – you’ll use these to engage with complex nursing and midwifery scenarios that will put your theoretical learning to work. Each lab has 3-5 dedicated bed spaces for team-based simulations and is equipped with ceiling-mounted cameras, microphones and speakers, enabling recording of clinical scenarios for peer and teacher review and feedback.
Simulated patient care
Simulation is a core component of all our laboratory teaching. In fact, we’ve received a Federal Government Teaching and Learning Citation for the hugely successful simulation in our Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery programs. As part of our clinical labs curriculum, you’ll work on a wide range of simulated scenarios that use manikins and other medical technologies to replicate real-life practice.
Our labs are equipped with a range of manikins that can be programmed for use in specific clinical tasks – low-fi technologies can provide feedback on fundamental tasks like vital signs monitoring, while mid-range models can support the development of basic to intermediate clinical skills.
High level robotic models such as SimMan®3G sit at the cutting edge of simulation technology – and we’ve got one in every lab. Used for complex clinical scenarios, these manikins mimic many of the functions of the human body.
- dilate pupils
- register pulse
- have cannula and tubes inserted realistically
- respond verbally in real time when connected to wireless microphones.
Supporting the student experience
Practice makes perfect
Trying to master a particular clinical technique? Missed a class and need to make it up? Our practice labs are the place to go to brush up on a range of clinical skills as they relate to your course curriculum. There are separate labs for nursing and midwifery students, and they’re staffed year-round by a clinical education team whose sole purpose is to get you up to speed.
Technical support at your fingertips
All our lab activities are supported by expert simulation technicians. These techs help maintain our equipment, troubleshoot tech challenges, and set up the simulations that you’ll complete in the labs. The presence of these sim techs (as we call them) means that help is always at hand – and it also frees up teaching staff so they focus on your learning.
More than just a place to learn
As well as access to cutting-edge clinical environments, you’ll also benefit from a range of student spaces that have been designed to support your learning.
- bookable meeting rooms for group work and assignments
- a multi-purpose, configurable community room where you can work on assessments, practice your clinical communication skills, or convene large meetings
- designated student lounge spaces for Faculty of Health students where you can catch up with friends after class, or just catch your breath!
The Clinical Practice Laboratories are engineered to be flexible learning spaces.
Scrub rooms open onto clinical spaces furnished with patient beds and a wide variety of medical equipment. The labs are also fitted with classroom furniture and moveable walls that can be configured to suit the practical or theoretical task at hand.
Of the 16 labs, five state-of-the-art nursing and midwifery labs are equipped for higher fidelity simulation of a range of clinical scenarios. One dedicated bed space in each of these labs is fully configured to support team-based simulations using high fidelity equipment. Each space has 3 ceiling mounted cameras, microphones, speakers, a bedside patient monitor, and an LED screen.
The adjoining control rooms allow teaching staff and the Simulation Technician to remotely alter simulated patient states, observe students' responses and digitally record activities for facilitated feedback sessions. Video streaming to adjoining areas within and across campuses and to other external sites is also possible via internet protocol.